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'Synodality' and the Rome abuse summitGeorge Weigel

Despite Pope Francis's lecture on the subject at Synod-2015, and notwithstanding the passages on it in Synod-2018's final report, there is little agreement in 21st-century Catholicism on what "synodality" ...

Where is the Spirit leading us?Greg Erlandson

In the midst of the current crisis in our church -- with a once-admired cardinal accused of heinous acts, bishops widely judged incapable of policing themselves, investigators poring through church archives ...

Jim Crow and the KlansmanJohn Garvey

By now I think almost everyone has seen the photograph from Gov. Ralph Northam's yearbook -- a man in blackface standing next to a hooded Klansman. The figure on the left in the picture might have stepped ...

Begin Lent by giving back to those in needDebbie Rambo

In her recent Democratic response to the State of the Union address, Stacey Abrams told a story about her father's generosity of spirit. She said that once, as he walked home from work on a cold, rainy ...

The diocesan synod of 1909Thomas Lester

In February 1909, clergy of the Archdiocese of Boston convened at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross for a diocesan synod called by then Archbishop William H. O'Connell. Regular readers may recall that a ...

The Hall of Fame vote and the Red SoxDick Flavin

The votes are in and we know who is going to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame next summer. But here is the question all diehard Red Sox fans have: How did the Sox do? The big Red Sox winner ...

The ever-present totalitarian temptationGeorge Weigel

First circulated underground in communist Czechoslovakia in October 1978, Vaclav Havel's brilliant dissection of totalitarianism, "The Power of the Powerless," retains its salience four decades later. ...

The Court and the CrossRussell Shaw

Two years after his death, the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is missed for many reasons, not least among them his colorful writing style. In one notable opinion, Scalia said this: "Like some ...

Numbers you can believe inKathy Mears

I have often written that Catholic schools are places of hope, places where children learn to know, love and serve God because they are known and loved by the adults in their schools. I believe strongly ...

Standing pat with the Red SoxDick Flavin

The Red Sox, in poker parlance, are standing pat this year. Who can blame them? They're going with the same hand they were dealt last year, the one that raked in all the chips. They have not been, and ...